Islamabad, July 27 : Tehreek-e-Insaf Chief Imran Khan, who is poised to become the next prime minister of Pakistan, made it clear that Kashmir being the core issue, New Delhi’s response would hold the key .
” The core issue Kashmir remains our biggest contention . It is unfortunate that Kashmir has suffered immense human rights violations at the hands of the Indian Army in the last 30 years.
He asserted that leaders of the two sides should resolve all disputes, including the “core issue” of Kashmir, through talks and the blame game between the two neighbours, which is detrimental to the subcontinent, should stop.
“”I really want to fix our ties, you take one step forward, we will take two,” If they [India] take one step towards us, we will take two, but at least (we) need a start,” 65-year-old Khan said in his first public address after leading his party to victory in the Wednesday’s general elections.
“The biggest dispute between us is about Kashmir. We need to talk about Kashmir… We’re still on Square 1. India sees Baluchistan, we see Kashmir… this blame game has to stop. We are ready to take two steps forward if you take one,” he said.”The situation in Kashmir, the human rights violations, deploying army there… Kashmiris have suffered. The leadership has to find a way out,” he added.
Khan said he was a “little disappointed” the way Indian media has portrayed him “like a Bollywood villain… as though all will be bad if I come to power”.
Elaborating on his foreign policy, Khan said Pakistan wants a balanced relations with America which should be mutually beneficial, not one-sided. Additionally, Khan said he and his party wanted stronger ties with both Iran and Saudi Arabia.
“We will strengthen our relations with China. They have provided us an opportunity by investing in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor,” he said.
Former Pakistani cricketer Imran Khan on Thursday claimed victory in his country’s parliamentary elections, promising a new Pakistan following a vote that was marred by allegations of fraud and militant violence.
Khan, who is set to become the next Prime Minister, said in a televised address to the nation that “thanks to God, we won and we were successful”.
“If God wills, we will set an example,” he said.